What Fabric For Danish Sofa in Kid/Pet-Filled Home?

What Fabric For Danish Sofa in Kid/Pet-Filled Home?

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Regina Yunghans
Jan 10, 2012

Q: I have been obsessing over what fabric to choose for this sofa - currently living on our porch - for over a year. I swear I fall asleep visualizing it, pathetic really. With two small children and cats, the fabric must be durable, and I can't choose a stain-resistant fabric as I'm avoiding the chemicals. I'm a huge fan of the curvy Finn Juhl -style sofas with contrasting trim, and initially I thought I'd pick a grey fabric with contrasting trim and buttons ( ie, light grey with a dark grey or dark blue welt..) but now I'm unsure.

Every image I see of a couch I love seems to be a saturated blue — like the Emily Henderson above — but every voice in the 'design world' seems to repeat the neutral couch mantra. Should I go with the grey (in a tightly woven recylcled-poly or eco-leather or a kvadrat- tightly woven, woolen tweed) and do the chairs in blue? Or should I upholster the sofa in blue (like the blue on Emily's couch above or a very dark navy eco-leather) and cover the chairs in a neutral (pearly grey)? I don't normally like matching sets, but these chairs are too special to leave out, though I also have danish lounge chairs and french bergere-style armchairs I could get re-covered.

My living room is grey with white trim, my dining room is a saturated blue, floors are hardwood with a fairly dark stain. So, if I had a blue couch the design element would be repeated, while if I used gray, it would go from dark to light, but I would have a large painting behind for contrast.

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